The Historic Overland Corner Hotel is located within the Overland Corner National Trust Reserve. It's just off the Goyder Highway, 21 kilometres north-west from Barmera in South Australia's Riverland region.
Once a popular watering hole for drovers, overlanders, and paddle steamers, the historic limestone building was built way back in 1859. Since that time, it's been a pub, a staging point, a store, a police station, and a post-office. Since being bought by the National Trust, it's been completely restored as a museum and once again, is a thriving public house and store.
New owners with deep connections to the region took over in February 2021 and revamped the food and drink offering into something enticing enough to make people want to drive all the way out to what is effectively the 'middle of nowhere.
The beautiful green grassed grounds have plenty of space. The tables are set amongst lush, watered gardens and all sort of bits and pieces from yesteryear. It really is a nice space to chill out and enjoy a few beers or wines and a meal. There are a couple of dining areas inside if the weather turns inclement with log fires for the cold days.
The introductory menu has plenty of options and is largely based around a pub-style offering. Entrees include chips, wedges, cheesy bread, and saltbush dukkah calamari. For mains, there's burgers, homemade schnitzels, fish and chips, steak, and some more sophisticated dishes like pork belly salad and chicken mignon. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available and kids can choose from three ten dollar meal options.
We opted for a crispy chicken burger, the calamari, and Overlander ale battered fish and chips. All the meals are generously sized and come with chips and salad. Even though they were fairly busy, all our meals were served in near record time.
The drinks list is massive and focused on local and indie beer, wine, and spirit producers. I love how the mainstream beers barely rate a mention on two lines down in the corner of the list. Woolshed Brewery beers on tap? Yes, please! If you're looking to impress with a superb selection of the finest beers, wines and spirits South Australia and the Riverland can offer, this is the place.
After your meal, you should take some time to wander around inside the building. It's set up as a museum and there's heaps of curious bits and pieces collected over the hotel's long history on the walls and the various rooms within.
If you're travelling through or around the Riverland, then the new OC Hotel is a must-do. Even if you're on the water! Boat mooring is available on the river just 670 metres away. You can even make it the destination of a day road trip from Adelaide. There's plenty to see and do along the 2.5 hour journey from the city.
If you've visited Overland Corner before, then now's the time to do it again. If you've not checked out this 'out of the way' spot before then you need to add it to your list. The Overland Corner Hotel is an outstanding Riverland destination.
This is an awesome place. The new owners are very friendly with great knowledge of the pubs history. Went for lunch & were that impressed came back for the evening meal. Pub is great as is but future plans will make it even better. Food is as good if not better than most pubs Iíve been to, & service is very quick. No hesitation in going back again.